Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Is Hair Loss Drug Finasteride Safe?

Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 08:59 AM

By Dr. Brownstein

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Question: I am a healthy 35-year-old. At the age of 30 I suffered some hair loss. A physician put me on Finasteride to stop the balding. Do you think this medication is safe?
Dr. Brownstein’s Answer:

I have seen minimal results with Finasteride. I do not recommend its usage because it does not work well and is associated with serious adverse effects. Long-term Finasteride use has been linked to an increased risk of high-grade prostate cancer. That alone should cause you to pause before taking it.
Other side effects include decreased libido, dizziness, and gynecomastia, which is the growth of abnormally large breasts in males.
My experience with men and women who suffer from hair loss is that there are three major causes: iron deficiency, mineral deficiencies, and thyroid abnormalities. A search for an underlying cause of hair loss should be initiated then a proper treatment plan can be started.
Men with male pattern hair loss are not easy to treat. However, searching for one of the three major causes I outlined above may provide you some relief.
I have seen some of the most amazing responses to hair loss when a hypothyroid condition is treated.

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